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The Oireachtas makes history by passing the Public Health Alcohol Bill

This evening, Seanad Éireann, in a historic development, agreed the amended Public Health Alcohol Bill, passed by Dáil Éireann last week. The Bill will now go to the President, Michael D Higgins, for signing and enactment. This is the first time in our history that Ireland’s problem alcohol misuse and its harmful impact on our families, communities and workplace will be addressed coherently in public health legislation. The principal objective of the measures passed is to reduce our overall alcohol... Full Story


Budget 2019: Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes retention of rates on alcohol products excise duty.

Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 9th October) welcomed the decision by Mr Paschal Donohue, Minister for Finance, to retain the current rates of excise duty on alcohol products. This is the fifth year in a row that Excise duty has remained untouched in Budget calculations. The low inflation and modest wage growth in our economy suggests a modest increase could well have been sustained by the consumers of alcohol in a growing economy. Commenting on the Budget, Eunan McKinney, Head... Full Story


Alcohol Action this evening welcomed the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill by Dáil Éireann and looks forward to its enactment shortly after its final reading before Seanad Éireann.

The journey of this progressive legislation has been long and at times difficult. It is said that ‘success has many fathers’ however, in finally passing this legislation, all the Deputies, from across the House, who have supported this Bill are to be greatly commended.    The personal commitment of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and the tenacious leadership of the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, as its champion has been crucial; the protection of public health does not come that high... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland seek Research Assistant (Graduate).

Research Assistant [Graduate opportunity]. Alcohol Action Ireland is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. We are an independent voice for advocacy and policy change, working to reduce levels of alcohol harm in Ireland and improve public health, safety and wellbeing. We campaign for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State, and have a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision. Our work involves providing information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland publishes its Pre-Budget Submission 2019

Alcohol Action Ireland today (Tuesday 4th September) published its Pre-Budget Submission 2019 and called on Minister Paschal Donohue not to reduce current excise duties on alcohol products and to consider a series of measures that could curb Ireland’s rising alcohol consumption and enhance the capacity of under resourced treatment services. Calls for fiscal measures to curb expanding Off Trade alcohol market Proposes new measures to ensure fresh revenues for innovative proposals to tackle children drinking and enhance alcohol treatment services... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland calls on all TDs to stand firm and back the protection of public health.

Alcohol Action today (Wed, 19th Sept) have called on all Members of Dáil Éireann to stand firm against the onslaught of alcohol industry lobbying and to ensure that the health warnings proposed within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, are enacted. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill proposes to introduce three specific health warnings informing the consumer of the danger of alcohol consumption, the danger of alcohol consumption when pregnant and of the direct link between alcohol and fatal cancers. These measures... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland call on 13 TDs further delaying the Alcohol Bill to back better public health, and protect our children first, ahead of a thriving alcohol industry.

Alcohol Action Ireland has called on the 13 TDs from many political parties and none, urban and rural, to withdraw their proposed amendments to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, ahead of the forthcoming Report and Final Stages, next Wednesday. Citing the continuous lobbying pressure from the alcohol industry, Alcohol Action highlighted that regrettably these TDs by further delaying enactment are now advancing alcohol business interests rather than leading to protect the health and wellbeing of their constituents. Since the Bill was... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland release its annual Alcohol Market Review and Price Survey 2018

Alcohol Action Ireland today (9th August) published its annual alcohol market review and price survey. It again demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to every day shoppers and the urgent necessity to implement the Public Health Alcohol Bill including Minimum Unit Pricing that will ensure the low cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol will be tackled. Alcohol so cheap - Irish Men can drink to weekly low risk threshold for as little as €8.49; women €5.49. Ireland’s Off-Licence holders share... Full Story


European Public Health advocates unite to support Ireland’s Public Health Alcohol Bill.

Today (Friday, 20 July) marks the close of the EU Commission’s TRIS notification procedure on Ireland’s amended Public Health Alcohol legislation, and the ending of the ‘Standstill’ period that delayed enactment of the legislation. In commending the progressive action adopted by the Irish Government, and the preventative measures within the Public Health Alcohol Bill, many leading public health organisations across Europe have submitted firm contributions validating the actions being proposed. Crucially, they reaffirm the established link between alcohol consumption and... Full Story


Alcohol Action make submission to the EU Commission’s review of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Action Ireland has formally submitted its consideration on amended aspects of Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, currently being considered by the EU Commission as part of a TRIS notification process. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill had been re-notified to the Commission earlier this year, having been amended, and passed, by Seanad Eireann in December 2017. Three additional specifications to labelling, advertising and broadcast watershed were presented. Having received some Comment and Detailed Opinions from Member States in the first... Full Story


Latest Reports

Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

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HBSC Ireland 2014 : Alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.

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A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

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